Opening the studio doors


St. Anthony Park has become known as a cultural hub for visual arts in the metro area. Several art events take place each year in the neighborhood, including Arts on Raymond, the St. Anthony Park Arts Festival and the Undercroft Gallery’s annual juried show.

Another annual neighborhood event is the Art at 2402 Open Studio and Sale, which takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving. This year, that will be Friday, November 16, noon–9 p.m., and Saturday, November 17, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Art at 2402 is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Art at 2402 is an opportunity to visit professional artists in their studios and view their techniques firsthand. Located at 2402 University Ave. in the Chittenden and Eastman Building, the art crawl features the work of some 25 local artists: painters working in oils, watercolor and acrylics; fabric artists; weavers; wood turners; potters; photographers; jewelers.

Prices reflect the fact that artists do not pay gallery fees for this event, instead displaying their work to the public in their own studios.

A sampling of artists at 2402 includes award-winning potter Chuck Solberg, who lives in south St. Anthony Park. Solberg has potted for 25 years, 10 of those in the 2402 building. His pots are collected by numerous museums and galleries in the United States and abroad. Recently, the San Francisco Museum bought one of his pots for its permanent collection.

Dan Mackerman is a highly regarded landscape painter and sculptor who works on the annual Macy’s (formerly Dayton’s) Christmas displays. He has been a backdrop and set painter, and has freelanced with Disney, Animal Planet and others.

Linda Hatfield has been a 2402 artist since 1998. Her passions are animals and art, and her work reflects her interest in heightening public awareness of animal rights and the humane treatment of animals. She volunteers at the Raptor Center and is the president of HOWL (Help Our Wolves Live).

Julie Nester, a rag rug weaver, joined 2402 in January. She’s been weaving since childhood and making rugs since 1999, carrying on a tradition practiced by her Slovakian grandmother.

Helen Flint works in digital art and illustration, film painting and sculpture. Her studio will feature original paintings, prints and new works in stone.

Other artists in Art at 2402 include McKnight Award winner Faye Passow, fabric artist Linda Bryant Nelson, Alis Olson, Robert Donsker and Mayme Donsker, mechanical sculptors Ann Wood and Dean Lucker, Karlyn Eckman, Deb Lavoie and Linda Crouch.